Termites cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to both commercial premises and residential buildings all over Australia. Although they are not much of a problem when they are in rural areas, as soon as termites start to make their colonies close to people and their urban structures, they can begin to cause severe disruption. In the worst cases, a professional termite inspection conducted by a pest control expert might reveal that your building's foundations have been compromised or that the wooden structures that hold up the roof are no longer viable. In such cases, you may have to fork out a great deal of money to put the problem right if your insurance does not cover you. As such, taking adequate termite control measures is always a good idea. What are the best ways of preventing termites from accessing your property?

Spray Insecticides

Insecticides are a rather blunt instrument when it comes to termite control. Therefore, you should look for specific products that target termites only, leaving other wildlife unharmed. These are called termiticides and are available in a concentrated form. All you need to do is to dilute them and then spray them around the edge of your property. For the best results, dig a trench along the boundary of your land and spray the termiticide inside before covering it over. This will make it last longer and produce more effective results.

Paint Exposed Wood

Another popular termite control measure is to paint any wood you have on your property. Not only will it make your weatherboarding and skirting boards look more attractive, for example, but it will also mean that drywood termites are much less likely to become a problem. When there is a painted barrier in the way of these insects, it makes it much harder for them to bore inside timbers. If you don't want the finish that paintwork affords, then another good termite control measure is to simply use clear varnish instead.

Remove Stumps

Some species of termites live underground. They can form quite large nests that interconnect with one another through a series of channels beneath the soil. In most cases, subterranean termites will like nothing more than a rotting tree stump above their colony. The roots of a tree provide some protection while the stump itself is a source of food as it rots. Consequently, any termite control measures you take should involve proactively digging up any such root balls you may have around the place.

To learn more, contact a local termite control service.